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David Holmes

David Holmes

Senior Lecturer, Communications and Media Studies, Monash University

David is a political analyst, social theorist and media scholar. He completed a major in Media Studies at Swinburne University, a BA (Hons) in Politics and Social Theory and a PhD in Social Theory (Department of the History and Philosophy of Science) from the University of Melbourne, where he was awarded the Dwight prize for political science.

He is author or editor of four books in the sociology of communications including: Virtual Politics: Identity and Community in Cyberspace (Sage 1997) and Virtual Globalisation: Virtual Spaces, Tourist Spaces (Routledge 2001), Communication Theory: Media, Technology and Society (Sage 2005) and a Key Concepts in Media and Communications (Sage 2011) co-authored with Paul Jones (UNSW) Over eleven years, he has also co-authored four editions of an analysis of Australian society: Australian sociology (2003, 2007 and 2011, 2014) with Roberta Julian and Katie Hughes. For the last two editions he has written a new chapter on the sociology of climate change.

Fake news and god's wrath: extreme hurricane politics in the US

Sep 11, 2017 08:16 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics Nature

The devastating scenes of destruction and flooding in the Bahamas and the southern states of the US have captivated the world for many weeks now. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and Hurricane Jose soon to follow, have stolen...

With battery storage to the rescue, the Kodak moment for renewables has finally arrived

Mar 20, 2017 02:12 am UTC| Technology

Who would have thought that, scarcely five weeks after Treasurer Scott Morrison, paraded a chunk of coal in parliament, planning for Australias energy needs would be dominated by renewables, batteries and hydro? For...

Playing politics with renewables: how the right is losing its way

Feb 25, 2017 13:01 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

This summer has seen a concerted attack on renewable energy coming out of Canberra, featuring everyone from One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts to Coalition ministers channelling the far right of their party. So absurd and...

Climate Change Series

'We must keep the lights on': how a cyclone was used to attack renewables

Oct 04, 2016 08:17 am UTC| Nature

The mid-latitude cyclone with no name that hit South Australia last week, spawning two tornadoes and 80,000 electricity strikes, destroyed 22 massive transmission towers carrying electricity across the state. The...

Social Media Revolution Series

Climate Change Series

Climate change makes a comeback – with the help of social media

Jun 14, 2016 07:44 am UTC| Insights & Views Nature

In what has been shaping up as the election that forgot climate change, there are signs emerging in the Coalitions election campaign that it is starting to listen to polls, its own focus groups and social media chat on...

Climate Change Series

Why has climate change disappeared from the Australian election radar?

May 23, 2016 09:33 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Two weeks into a protracted election campaign, it is looking ever-more likely that climate change is to be placed way down the order of business at least for the major parties. The contest over climate change that...

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Economy

KB Financial leads S. Korea's major banking groups in surpassing Q3 earnings expectations

KB Financial Group recorded 1.16 trillion won in net profit, up 24.1 percent on-year, to lead South Koreas major banking groups that were bolstered by nonbanking businesses in posting better-than-expected third-quarter...

Mercedes-Benz to increase stake in Aston Martin up to 20%

Mercedes-Benz will increase its stake in British carmaker Aston Martin years from 2.6 percent to as much as 20 percent over the next three, in exchange for technologies and components of its hybrid and electric...

Spain to increase taxes on big firms, use $31.8 billion in European grants

The Spanish government will increase taxes on big corporations and the wealthy and use $31.8 billion in European grants in efforts to reverse its economic slump. There were talks on using all $164 billion that the EU...

S. Korea eyes nuclear power plants in UK, as two countries agree to cooperate after Brexit

Industry Minister Sung Yun-mo expressed hope for South Korea to participate in construction projects for British nuclear power plants in his meeting with Alok Sharma, UKs secretary of state for business, energy, and...

Financial support for Jeju Air to be discussed

South Koreas Key Industry Stabilization Fund is slated to hold a meeting to discuss whether to provide financial support to Jeju Air, the countrys top low-cost carrier. The Export-Import Bank of Korea, Jeju Airs main...

Politics

Joe Biden will form task force to reunite 545 children separated from families at southern border, says campaign

Joe Biden maintains a sizable lead against Donald Trump in the polls and the Democratic candidate is making the most out of the final days of the campaign. The Biden campaign recently announced that the former vice...

Barack Obama blasts Donald Trump for complaining about media coverage

Former President Barack Obama is currently on the campaign trail for his former colleague Joe Biden who is running for the presidency against Donald Trump. Having been among the more outspoken critics of Trump, Obamas...

Melania Trump revelation: Ex-boyfriend says FLOTUS has always been very beautiful and fashionable

First lady Melania Trumps life before meeting her would-be husband Donald Trump is much of a mystery even with the several books about the first lady. In an unearthed interview in 2016, The first ladys ex-boyfriend shared...

Donald Trump revelation: Jared Kushner reveals how POTUS prioritized political goals over science in new recordings

Some recorded conversations by journalist Bob Woodward with Donald Trump have been released to the public revealing his deliberate choice to downplay the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, newly released recordings reveal Trumps...

Science

NASA releases a playlist of space sounds for Halloween

Even with the ongoing pandemic, many are still opting to celebrate the spooky holiday of Halloween this year. As a treat to many space enthusiasts and in time for the upcoming hallowed weekend, NASA has released a playlist...

NASA discovery: Molecule found on Titan's atmosphere may be building block of life on icy moon

One of the goals space agencies like NASA have is to search the universe for proof of life existing outside our planet. The agency recently made a discovery found in one of Saturns moons, Titan, which suggests that there...

Asteroid warning: New study finds asteroid Apophis may hit Earth in 2068

Space agencies such as NASA are closely keeping tabs on what happens outside of Earth such as asteroids that could be making their way towards our planet. A new study has found that one particular asteroid, Apophis, can...

NASA news: Russia claims to have discovered water on the Moon 50 years before US agency

This week, NASA announced the presence of water on the Moon, becoming a big breakthrough for future exploration. However, Russia has claimed that it had already found the presence of water on the lunar surface decades...

Technology

‘Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales’ leaks may have revealed the ‘Gift Suit’, teases smooth animation

The biggest first-party launch title for PlayStation 5 will be Marvels Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and shortly before its release a short gameplay video leaks online showing the titular character swinging across New York...

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ PC system requirements unveiled ahead of November launch

The countdown to the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is winding down. As usual, PC gamers have a few more details to keep in mind in preparation for the titles arrival. The good news is the official system...

Square Enix announces ‘Final Fantasy 16’ details about Valisthea world and 6 realms

Fans now know more about the world of Valisthea that they will be exploring in Final Fantasy 16. Square Enix also revealed some details about other elements significant to the plot, such as the six factions ruling across...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ dev is ‘not comfortable, but confident’ about December 10 launch

When CD Projekt Red announced Cyberpunk 2077 has gone gold earlier this month, it can be said that every fan waiting for the RPG has let out a sigh of relief thinking there will not be more delays. The excitement turned to...

‘Far Cry 6’ is delayed and won’t be released before April 2021

The list of AAA video games that have been delayed is getting longer as Ubisoft adds Far Cry 6 to it. Now, its new release date will not take place anytime before April 2021. Far Cry 6 release date suffers delay;...
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